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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Daddy's Soup

Good morning,

We take turns making dinner around here. 

Daddy just loves to use the crock pot and we enjoy the wonderful aromas all day, then the finished product for dinner.

This was sausage soup again.  In these times of staying home and not shopping regularly, we are relying on the freezer for many of our ingredients.  I sure miss my regular trips to the grocery store!

Stay well, stay safe, stay strong,


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Stay Home Ohio

Good morning,

That sign was flashing and was "between flashes" so it's hard to read, but it says, "Stay Home Ohio Stop Covid-19." 
Ohioans are doing a very good job of obeying the Governor's stay-at-home order.  We are permitted to go out for food, prescriptions, necessary doctor appointments, etc.  I took these pictures on our one trip out on the expressway during the past month to accomplish three approved necessary tasks on the same trip. 

The day was fairly overcast so it's hard in this image to see the beautiful white blossoms on the trees along the highway.  It's a shame we all aren't able to get out to see more of the Spring flowers.

Stay well, stay safe, stay strong. 

All the best,

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Nap Buddy

Good morning,

I rarely take selfies, but when Elsa jumped up on me and immediately started snoring in her sleep it was just too cute to pass up.

It is so wonderful having this pup, even though she licks me in the face each morning to awake me up about three hours before I want to get up!


Monday, April 6, 2020

Happy Birthday Erik!

Good morning,

We celebrated Erik's 11th birthday on Saturday.  It doesn't seem possible he could be eleven, yet the calendar tells us it is so.

That's a carrot cake with cream cheese icing.  Erik, the rest of the pups, and the humans thought it was pretty good!

I never claimed to be good at writing on cakes.  This time I did it with a bottle of Hershey's syrup.  At least we can read it.

All the best,

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Violets, Dandelions, and Spring Clean Up

Good morning,

Do you remember sitting in the grass and picking these, then stringing them together to make necklaces when you were a child?
And, it was such fun to pick a bouquet of dandelions and take it inside to Mom.

Ah, yes, Spring is here again.
And, sure enough, here's that handsome man with the leaf blower pushing all of those leaves down the front walk!  Yes, that's a true sign of the season!

Happy Spring!


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Woo Woo Woo Woo, Stayin' Alive, Stayin' Inside

Good morning,

The title says it all.

The image was taken through a window screen from the second floor of our home.  That's very quiet Xavier University across the street.

We don't mind the "stay at home" order by the Governor of the State of Ohio one bit.  Yes, it is inconvenient, but we are happy to know there is so being much done by our Governor and President to keep us all as safe as possible and to make medical care available to those who need it.

We fly our flag 24/7/365, but notice more and more people are flying their flags these days.  Unity. 

So, stay safe, stay well, stay strong and to do that, stay home if at all possible.  For those on the front lines who are medical professionals, police, fire, grocers, and other essential workers, thank you so very, very much.

Thanks, too, for the kind comments here on the blog and the personal notes I've received recently. 

Love you all,

Friday, April 3, 2020

Needlework and Wood Working Update - April, 2020

Good morning,

Times sure are "different" with the stay-at-home orders aren't they!  We are so fortunate that we are retired from our professions and have our retirement business at home.  We our daughter has been especially helpful getting many food and other everyday things we need.  We are healthy and plan to stay that way by following the President's our Governor's and CDC guidelines.  If we all do our part, we will get through this as we have gotten through so many other crises before.

We've been busy creating, too.  Fortunately, I have a good supply of yarn already on hand and Kjell's wood stash takes up a good part of the basement.  This month I've made two hand knit Lacy Ladders Hat and Cowl Sets that were sold out a few months ago.  Above is Winter White and below is...
...soft Soft Brown Heather. $56 per set. To see more images, these are in the shop here:  Winter White, Soft Brown Heather.
A beautiful new hand crocheted large size lace shawl in the colors of a Sunset At Sea is new this month, too.  What a lovely gift for someone very special.  $60.
New baby or one on the way?  This six months size Baby Sweater and Hat set is new in the shop this month.  $40.
 This Lap Blanket can also be a perfect Baby Blanket.  What a lovely gift for Mom or Grandma for Mother's Day or as a Thank You to someone who has done something wonderful for you.  It's a generous size at a reasonable price, $55. 
 It has been quite some time since Kjell restocked the hand turned pens in the shop.  This and the next pen are Black and White Ebony in the very popular Gatsby Grande Style.  Each pen is $46.  What a lovely gift for anyone, especially a physician, nurse, clergy, accountant, lawyer, actuary....  The pen above is here.
And, this similar pen is here.
Kjell also restocked three more stands for wood art.  We have them in a variety of sizes available in the Wood Wall Art and Signs section of the shop.

We've stayed busy creating at home this month although the shop has been understandably very slow.  We are using this quiet time to restock the shop and are so appreciative of you who are still shopping.  On line shopping is an excellent way to get what you want and need as well as to send gifts for Mothers Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and especially as thank you gifts to those who have been so helpful in these difficult times.  To make it even easier, a gift wrap option is available at checkout.  Whether you shop with us or not, we hope you'll support small businesses.

Stay well, stay safe, stay strong.

All the very best from the South Coast of Ohio,


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